Grace Hightower Biography
Grace Hightower is an American philanthropist, socialite, actress, and singer. She is a board member of the New York Women’s Foundation and the New York Fund for Public Schools. Grace is also a member of Ronald Perelman’s Women’s Heart Health Advisory Council and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.
She is best known as a strong advocate of women’s empowerment. She has been involved with the Women’s Heart Health Advisory Council which works towards the betterment of women’s health. She is also involved with a number of social welfare organizations based in New York that are dedicated to various social causes, including working towards the improvement of public schools in New York.
Grace Hightower Age
Grace was born on April 7, 1955, was brought up in Kilmichael, Mississippi. She is 66 years old.
Grace Hightower Height
Grace stands at a height of 5 feet and 7 inches.
Grace Hightower Family
Grace was raised in Kilmichael, Mississippi. She is of African-American and Blackfoot descent . She grew up in a poor family and worked various odd jobs to help support them. The information about her parents and siblings is not yet revealed.
Grace Hightower Children
While working at Mr. Chow, an upscale London Chinese restaurant and celebrity hangout in 1987, she met and began dating Robert De Niro.
Grace and De Niro married in 1997. When she was 42 years in 1998, she gave birth to the couple’s first child. In 1999 De Niro filed for divorce and sued Grace for custody of their son in 2001. However, the two resolved their differences, and by 2004 the divorce was dropped and they renewed their vows. The couple had their second child, via surrogate. The two separated in November 2018.
Grace Hightower Career
Grace became a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines, attracted by the possibility of traveling and expanding her horizons. Settling in Paris and later London, she worked variously as a mutual fund trader and restaurant worker. In 1987, while working at Mr. Chow, an upscale London Chinese restaurant and celebrity hangout, she met and began dating Robert De Niro.
In 2013 as a philanthropist, Grace launched “Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda” with the mission of improving Rwandan livelihoods by marketing their products internationally. The organization works for the native Rwandan people who work hard to grow the finest of the coffees in the world. However, even though the coffees help the top restaurants and coffee shops around the world earn a fortune, the real people behind the production don’t get their due rewards.
The organization has vowed to make the future of these people better and work really hard to promote their work as well as help them get the right prices for their produce. Grace is a board member of the New York Women’s Foundation and the New York Fund for Public Schools as well as a member of Ronald Perelman’s Women’s Heart Health Advisory Council and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.
The organization monitors around 1800 public schools where more than a million students get educated. She represents various organizations that work for women’s welfare as well. She is a spokesperson and a board member of the New York Women’s Foundation which works towards making women financially independent as well as takes care of their health.
She also represents the Women’s Heart Health Advisory Council, an organization initiated by Ronald Perelman, which is dedicated to creating awareness about the critical heart conditions suffered by women. She has been honored for her work by numerous institutions including the American Cancer Society of New York City.
As a socialite, her gala 55th birthday party was covered in Vogue magazine by André Leon Talley. She presented the Pratt Institute’s Creative Spirit Award to director Lee Daniels.
As an actress, she has had minor roles in various movies including Precious (2009) and The Paperboy (2012). In addition, she had a minor part in the ABC TV series, NYPD Blue, in the 1994 Season One episode entitled “Zeppo Marks Brothers”.
As a singer, she performed the lead vocals for the track, “Somethin’s Comin’ My Way”, written by Dan Manjovi for the 2009 Precious movie soundtrack.
Grace Hightower Net Worth
Grace has an estimated net worth of $16 Million.
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